In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 photo, National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston holds up a rifle as he addresses gun owners during a “get-out-the-vote” rally in Manchester, N.H. In May 1977, as the NRA entered its second century, it faced an identity crisis: Was it a coalition of sportsmen, or a political powerhouse? Leaders were set on the former, drawing up plans to move its headquarters from Washington to Colorado and to retreat from politics. Some of its most fiery members disagreed, staging a revolt that night that stretched into the next morning, and remade the group’s leadership. Plans for a westward move were scuttled, and a rightward move politically was sealed. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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